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‘British responsible for Kashmir’

world Updated: Apr 06, 2011 23:30 IST
David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron has held his own country responsible for many of the world’s historic problems, including the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan.

Cameron’s remarks came during his one-day visit to Pakistan on Tuesday, when he was asked at a university in Islamabad as to how Britain could help to end the row over Kashmir.

“I don’t want to try to insert Britain in some leading role where, as with so many of the world’s problems, we are responsible for the issue in the first place,” The Telegraph quoted Cameron, as replying.

His remarks about Kashmir were greeted warmly by the Pakistani audience, but drew accusations from historians that the premier was wrongly apologising for Britain’s past.

Daisy Cooper, the director of the Commonwealth Policy Studies Unit, said: “This is typical of the UK’s schizophrenic relationship with former colonies where it is both proud and embarrassed about its past...”